Moving to Digital: the Faculty Experience in How COVID-19 Brought Us Online

In the spring of 2020, 83% of the faculty surveyed said that they moved a face-to-face course to emergency remote teaching. By fall of 2020 68% of those were still teaching one or more courses fully online, with 30% more employing some sort of blended methodology. 64% say their current teaching is different or very different in comparison to their teaching pre-pandemic.

Join us for this webinar where we’ll chat with Dr. Jeff Seaman, director of Bay View Analytics, Dr. Nicole Johnson, author of the forthcoming Digital Faculty: Social Media and Communications report in collaboration with Pearson, and OLC Chief Academic Officer Angela Gunder as we discuss some overall data trends in faculty experiences with the shift to remote teaching as well as some of the opportunities and challenges the future offers as a result of this move.

Speaker Bio



Dr. Jeff Seaman
Director – Bay View Analytics

Dr. Jeff Seaman, Director of Bay View Analytics, has been researching the impact of technology on higher education and K-12 for over a decade. His work includes the annual surveys on the state of online learning in US higher education, research into higher education faculty attitudes towards and adoption of technology, faculty use of social media, and awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources. Dr. Seaman created and ran the Computing Resource Center at the University Pennsylvania, served as Chief Information Officer for Lesley University, and has served on academic technology advisory boards for several information technology companies, including Apple Computer, IBM, and Microsoft.
Dr. Nicole Johnson
Research Director – Canadian Digital Learning Research Association

Dr. Nicole Johnson is the Research Director of the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association (CDLRA) and has been involved in the field of educational technology since 2010. Outside of her role with the CDLRA, Nicole is also involved in research studies through Bay View Analytics investigating faculty experiences with digital technology and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on online learning in the United States. Additionally, Nicole is part of a research team at Royal Roads University that is exploring the future of higher education. She has experience researching changes in academics’ online participation over time and informal learning experiences among adults in digital contexts related to competency development.
Angela Gunder
Chief Academic Officer – Online Learning Consortium

Angela Gunder is the Chief Academic Officer and VP of Learning for the Online Learning Consortium. In this role, she is responsible for gathering, curating, and leveraging the intellectual capital created by and disseminated through OLC. Prior to her position at the OLC, Angela served as the Director of Instructional Design & Curriculum Development for the Office of Digital Learning, managing and mentoring the team that builds the fully-online programs for the University of Arizona. Her over fifteen-year career as a designer for higher education informs her instructional design practice, where she leverages her expertise in web design, usability, visual communication, programming, and standards-based online learning. She is an Associated Editor for the Teacher Education Board of MERLOT, and the recipient of the 2018 MERLOT Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor. She is also the recipient of two OLC Effective Practice Awards and was named an OLC Fellow in 2019.

Dr. Jessica Knott (Moderator)
AVP of Community Strategy, Experience, and Management – Online Learning Consortium

Dr. Jessica Knott is Assistant Vice President of Community Strategy, Experience, and Management. In this role, Jessica manages outreach activities and strategies, including environmental scanning, experience design, communications and planning, based on a deep understanding of our community and member interests. Prior to the OLC, Jessica led a team that supported faculty and academic staff in creating quality, caring and exemplary digital experiences at Michigan State University.